I’ve been praying for our Heavenly Father to bless and comfort my aunt and her husband. He is ill and on hospice care and the two of them are facing some really hard times together. They’ve been married over fifty years and their bond is strong, so when one hurts, the other hurts, too.
I know the bond’s strength because my husband and I have been blessed with that same bond of love.
Yes, I’ve been praying and praying and praying…and in between, fretting and feeling just a smidgeon of the pain I imagine she is feeling at the thought of living in this world without her husband, and that he is feeling at not being here for her. Just that little bit I was feeling was more than I could handle without wanting to just sit down and sob.
During the latest prayer, as my heart was hurting for the two of them, my Father’s words comforted me. He asked, “When you were grieving, did I not comfort you and give you strength? Would I not do the same for them?”
Immediately, I realized that I was trying to “take on” their pain, instead of trusting in my Father’s gentle care. I don’t know why I had forgotten, even for a minute, how close my Lord stayed to me when I said earthly goodbyes to my granddaughter, mom, dad, and brother. He alone kept me standing, able to rely on His promises, and to rejoice knowing that Heaven is our eternal home.
Truly, we can trust in our Heavenly Father’s gentle care and peaceful comfort, for ourselves and for the people we love.